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Scotland's cosmopolitan capital, Edinburgh is a city of seven hills, just like Rome. The city is also suffused with history, from the beautiful Edinburgh Castle to the impressive Royal Museum of Scotland. Whether it's history or shopping, the city has plenty to offer the visitor.
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  • Architecture
  • Shopping


  • Perched on a volcanic plug, is more than a symbol—it's a statement. The castle offers scenic views, as the hill on which it stands has been protecting the Scots from attack since 1000 AD.
  • Explore the buildings and museums on the Royal Mile. From the St. Giles Cathedral to Holyroodhouse Palace and the Mercat Cross, some of the city's most famous structures are along these five streets.
  • Explore the New Town shops of George Street and nearby Rose Street.
  • At the National Gallery of Scotland, you'll see a wide selection of paintings from the Renaissance to the post-impressionist era.


  • The Edinburgh Fringe Festival continues throughout the month of August.
  • Edinburgh's International Festival takes place in mid-August through early September with opera, dance, and more.

Side Trips

  • Rosslyn Chapel, 7 mi/11 km south of the city, is a mysterious spot that played a central role in The Da Vinci Code.

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